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soon as he finishes with his address tonight. [no audio] pres. trump: my fellow americans, tonight i want to speak with you about our nations unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in china and is now spreading from the world.
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today, the world health organization officially announced that this is a global plan to make. -- global pandemic. we have been in frequent contact with our allies and we are fullring -- marshaling the power of the government to protect the american people. this is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. countingdent that by and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus. from the beginning of time, nations and people have faced unforeseen challenges including large-scale and very dangerous health threats. was is the way it always and always will be. it only matters how you respond and we are responding with great speed and professionalism. our team is the best anywhere in the world.
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outbreak, weof the instituted sweeping travel restrictions on china and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years. we declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection. action, wey, intense have seen fewer cases of the virus in the united states than are now present in europe. the european union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from china and other hotspots. as a result, a large number of new clusters in the united states were seated by travelers from europe. after consulting with our top government health officials, i've decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being of all americans.
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to keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from europe to the united states for the next 30 days. the new rules will go into effect friday at midnight. these restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. there will be exceptions for americans who have undergone appropriate screenings and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo but various other things as we get approval. anything coming from europe to the united states is what we are discussing. these restrictions will also not apply to the united kingdom. at the same time, we are monitoring the situation in china and south korea. as their situation improves, we will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening. earlier this week, i met with
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the leaders of health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments, and to prevent surprise medical billing. we are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time. these treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus. additionally, i signed into law an $8.3 billion funding bill to help cdc and other government agencies fight the virus and support vaccines, treatments, and distribution of medical supplies. testing and testing capabilities are expanding rapidly, day by day we are moving very quickly. the vast majority of americans, the risk is very, very low.
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young and healthy people can expect to recover fully and quickly if they should get the virus. the highest risk is for elderly population with underlying health conditions. the elderly population must be very, very carol folt -- careful. we are revising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits. in general, older americans should avoid nonessential travel in crowded areas. my administration is correlating directly with communities with largest outbreaks and we have issued guidance on school closures, social distancing, and reducing large gatherings. smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow. every community faces different risks and it is critical for you to follow the guidelines of your local officials who are working closely with our federal health experts. they are the best.
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for all americans, it is essential that everyone take extra precautions and practice good hygiene. each of us has a role to play in defeating the cyrus. wash your hands, clean often used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough , and if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home. to ensure that working americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship, i will soon be taking emergency action which is unprecedented to provide financial relief. this will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantine, or caring for others due to coronavirus. i will be asking congress to take legislative action to extend this relief. because of the economic policies that we have put into place, over the past three years, we have the greatest economy anywhere in the world by far.
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our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalize and incredibly strong. our unemployment is at a historic low. this vast economic prosperity gives us flexibility, reserves, and resources to handle any threat that comes our way. this is not a financial crisis. this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world. however, to provide extra support for american workers, families, and businesses, tonight i'm announcing the following additional actions. i'm instructing the small business administration to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus. effective immediately, they will begin providing economic loans in affected states and territories. these low-interest loans will
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help small businesses overcome temporary economic disruptions caused by the virus. to this end, i'm asking congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion. , ing emergency authority will be instructing the treasury department to defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted. this action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy. i'm calling on congress to provide americans with immediate payroll tax relief. hopefully, they will consider this very strongly. we are at a critical time in the fight against the virus. we made a life-saving move with early action on china. now we must take the same action with europe. we will not delay. i will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect
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the lives, health, and safety of the american people. i will always put the well-being of america first. if we are vigilant and we can reduce the chance of infection, which we will, we will significantly impede the transmission of the virus. the virus will not have a chance against us. no nation is more prepared or more resilient than the united states. we have the best economy, the most advanced health care, and the most talented doctors and resources anywhere in the world. we are all in this together. aside, stoppolitics the partisanship, and unified together as one nation and one family. as history has proven time and time again, americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity. our future remains brighter than anyone can imagine.
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acting with compassionate love, we will heal the sick, care for those in need, help our fellow citizens, and emerge from this challenge stronger and more unified than ever before. god bless you and god bless america. thank you. president trump from the oval office this evening. we want to get your reaction to what you heard from the president. republicans, and all others. the president speaking a little bit after 9:00 p.m. eastern time this evening. minutes,for about 10 laying out what he calls unprecedented action. he has suspended travel from europe for 30 days. this does not apply to the united kingdom. he's called for emergency action to provide financial relief to
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hourly workers. he's called on the small business administration to free up liquidity, $50 billion more for the program that already exists for low-interest loans. ,nd differing tax payments deferring the april 15 deadline for some taxpayers and businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. at the end, saying he's calling on congress for payroll tax relief. the would agree -- do you agree with these measures? do you want to see congress act as well? a republican is up first this evening. >> how are you? >> what did you think? >> i agree with everything he had to say. i hope congress will follow suit. i hope no one blocks him at this juncture. i think he's doing everything he can for the country without being an alarmist. if the national health organization said it's a
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pandemic, then i guess it is. i think he's doing what a president should. i don't see any reason why congress should thwart him pres. trump: and his actions. pres. trump:i'm taking precautions. when i went to the doctor, i work loves. that it touch anything shouldn't touch. magazines or anything. i'm very worried. but he allayed my fears because he's doing exactly what he should. host: on congress and whether or not they will act, discussions happening on capitol hill. the negotiator for the white house is steve mnuchin. he's talking with the house speaker nancy pelosi as democrats control that chamber. the majority leader mitch mcconnell saying yesterday that steve mnuchin is essentially the ball carrier for the republicans in the senate and the white
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house on this. cnn tweeting out around 5:00 eastern time, house democratic measures say there's no price tag yet on the coronavirus relief bill that will be approved by the chamber tomorrow. bill text will be released this evening. the house rules committee will vote tonight will prove the rule for floor debates tomorrow. news, ways and means committee chair says the coronavirus bill will provide 12 weeks of unemployment insurance, family and medical leave, and offer free testing for coronavirus. fox is told that testing will be available for undocumented persons. this is from capitol hill. your reaction to what congress wants, the democrats, and what the president laid out tonight from the oval office. alejandra in north hollywood, an independent, you are next. caller: thank you.
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i was concerned about the , the unitedomments states being the best country. clearly we had not been as prepared as we should have. framing this as a pandemic that will go away quickly. we don't know if that's true or not. i feel by saying that, he's giving false hope to the american public. about how heerned tried to frame this as something that was foreign. it's from china, it's from europe. it's a global pandemic. it's everywhere. that's my comment. host: ok. mary in wilmington, democratic color. what you have to say? caller: first of all, other european countries started taking action in december. germany is one of them. the other country that has been very prepared is north korea.
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i think donald trump is a day late and doing anything about this. while i can understand people saying he's doing something now, now is actually the middle of march. believe that there will be the money that he is talking about to come forth to help with this endeavor. disappointed in how he has responded as well as his republican supporters. host: i'm going to leave it there. you have to turn your television down. just listen and talk through your phone. james from michigan, a republican. your reaction to what you were from the president. caller: to answer some of the things we just heard from the last caller, the president started with -- really.
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he started stopping entry from certain countries immediately. the democrats were saying, he's blowing this out of proportion. either way, the democrats are never going to be happy with this man. he's just being realistic. he wants to see this get better. the reason why we might not get the money is because the democrats in congress think that his reason for cutting these tax rates is benefiting small businesses are for romance -- for their own, for his glory. if there's anything, we need to put the partisanship away and solve this head on. like the president said, when we unite as a country, there's nothing we cannot do. we come over these things all the time. we had a bola. in michigan, this fall we had the eee virus. when we put partisan politics aside, we get things done.
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i'm officially really hoping that the democrats and the republicans can get to the negotiating table and put their partisan politics aside, election politics aside. stop claiming trump, stop winning the democrats, stop blaming up -- different races and ethnicities. make sure that the american people are safe. host: are you concerned about congress moving too quickly? legislation from the house, which democrats want to include beyond paid sick leave, expanded unemployment assistance, nutrition assistance, protections against price cows and. they are looking at a big package. it is put on the floor tomorrow. these members vote and the senate votes on friday. they are leaving for a week break. any concerns that they are moving too quickly? caller: i don't think that you can move too quickly. the president took very early action when he heard about this. people started asking him, why
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are you doing this? i don't think that there's any problem with house democrats or senate republicans when it comes to the safety of the american people. you cannot act fast enough. it's better to take a risk than to take a bigger risk and just say, let something worse happen. host: susan, independent. portland come organ. -- portland, oregon. caller: a couple things. one great frustration is that the nba has continued to play even though it seems very clear that we had a problem. here in portland, that means 20,000 people and doors altogether. they are doing it again tonight. there's been no leadership on any level of government to put an end to that. only late are we seeing something like that. the other thing i would like to say when it comes to financial aid, to not repeat the mistakes
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of tarp and the other bailouts. we know enough from that, what we did wrong. i would not like to see another short -- sort of obama care bill or something like that that throws everything in. i would like a little bit more careful. host: you should tune in to c-span tomorrow when the house gavels and to get an idea of what is in this economic stimulus, this coronavirus a package that is being discussed and debated on capitol hill. the house will be in tomorrow morning. you can watch our coverage right here on c-span. before that, our washington journal program where we take your calls and get your reaction to what is being discussed in washington, d.c.. we will start with the president's oval office address. jack in davenport, iowa. democratic color. -- caller. caller: i think president trump is doing a good job.
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one thing he could do to make his position stronger is to say, keeper mighty people, united we stand. this is the united states. we can do a lot of stuff. and this virus isn't as bad as the bubonic plague. there's hysteria on all of this. nancy pelosi has her sanctuary policy. that makes are not very credible. she should resign. one thing that i haven't heard is about weed testing. we need to hear something about retesting. one test is fine. view, scientific point of sometimes you need to have a follow-up. i think it's a good idea to help people with sick leave. that will take too much time. tonight, jimspeech acosta who covers the white house for cnn reports that jared kushner is becoming more involved in the coronavirus response. mick mulvaney, the outgoing chief of staff, heads for the
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exits. this is sources close to him. others reporting jared is in total control. a little bit of the back story on tonight ahead of the president address this evening, speaker pelosi's spokesperson says that the speaker took a call from vice president pence and dr. fauci at 7:43 p.m.. they spoke about the forthcoming emergency house legislation and administration efforts to grow -- combat the coronavirus is. republican from new jersey. caller: can you hear me? host: what did you think about what the president had to say? caller: i thought it was all right. it wasn't anything to specific or special. he's doing what he can on the legislation side. we just hope it's another obama stimulus package. i think that's the core there. host: you hope it is or isn't? caller: isn't. host: why not? caller: we don't want to have
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the same thing that happened last time with that stimulus package. freeed the workforce and market to step in rather than the government to do such a thing. host: evelyn in chester, new jersey. how concerned are you about the coronavirus? caller: yes, i really think that it's now a block. no one talks about a possible conspiracy theory that china is our largest trading partner at 660 over -- $660 billion. how do we know that they did not grow this in a petri dish? they are not affecting children. anyone over 60, no big loss. host: maureen from rockport, maine. democratic color. caller: good evening. say, i'm not to his biggest supporter. i was impressed with things he said tonight on the news. i think it's a good start. my concern which he did not
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really address is that i'm a physician practicing medicine in a state where there are no cases that are positive yet. what we are worried about is the lack of supplies for doctors to take care of sick patients and also the lack of access to testing as broadly and widely as we should be. from speaking from other positions across the country, this is a frustration. it's a rear fear -- real fear that we have. we don't what the solution is going to be. , we frustrating to think live in a great country with a wonderful medical care and the best doctors. that might be true. if we don't have the protective equipment to take care of these patients, what's going to help to the health care for -- happen to the health care force? host: a physician in maine there. we will get more of your reaction here on c-span tomorrow morning. also tomorrow, we are covering a with they of hearings
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head of the cdc and dr. fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease doctor. they were on capitol hill today. that's where you probably heard the news that dr. fauci said the coronavirus is 10 times more lethal than the flu. he's back up on capitol hill tomorrow, 11:00 eastern time. our coverage on c-span3, on our website, and you can download the free c-span radio app and listen there as well. here is the president from earlier this evening. if you missed any of it, watch your now. also good where website.
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pres. trump: my fellow americans, tonight i want to speak with you about our nations unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in china and is now spreading from the world. today, the world health organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic. we have been in frequent contact with our allies and we are marshaling the full power of the government to protect the american people. this is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. i'm confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus. from the beginning of time, nations and people have faced unforeseen challenges including large-scale and very dangerous health threats. this is the way it always was and always will be. it only matters how you respond and we are responding with great speed and professionalism. our team is the best anywhere in the world. at the start of the outbreak, we
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instituted sweeping travel restrictions on china and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years. we declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection. taking early, intense action, we have seen fewer cases of the virus in the united states than are now present in europe. the european union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from china and other hotspots. as a result, a large number of new clusters in the united states were seated by travelers from europe. after consulting with our top government health officials, i've decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being of all americans.
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to keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from europe to the united states for the next 30 days. the new rules will go into effect friday at midnight. these restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground. there will be exceptions for americans who have undergone appropriate screenings and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo but various other things as we get approval. anything coming from europe to the united states is what we are discussing. these restrictions will also not apply to the united kingdom. at the same time, we are monitoring the situation in china and south korea. as their situation improves, we will reevaluate the restrictions and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening.
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earlier this week, i met with the leaders of health insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments, and to prevent surprise medical billing. we are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time. these treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus. additionally, i signed into law an $8.3 billion funding bill to help cdc and other government agencies fight the virus and support vaccines, treatments, and distribution of medical supplies. testing and testing capabilities are expanding rapidly, day by day we are moving very quickly. the vast majority of americans, the risk is very, very low. young and healthy people can expect to recover fully and quickly if they should get the
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virus. the highest risk is for elderly population with underlying health conditions. the elderly population must be very, very careful. we are advising that nursing homes for the elderly suspend all medically unnecessary visits. in general, older americans should avoid nonessential travel in crowded areas. my administration is correlating directly with communities with largest outbreaks and we have issued guidance on school closures, social distancing, and reducing large gatherings. smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow. every community faces different risks and it is critical for you to follow the guidelines of your local officials who are working closely with our federal health experts. they are the best. for all americans, it is
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essential that everyone take extra precautions and practice good hygiene. each of us has a role to play in defeating the cyrus. wash your hands, clean often used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough, and if you are sick or not feeling well, stay home. to ensure that working americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship, i will soon be taking emergency action which is unprecedented to provide financial relief. this will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantine, or caring for others due to coronavirus. i will be asking congress to take legislative action to extend this relief. because of the economic policies
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that we have put into place, over the past three years, we have the greatest economy anywhere in the world by far. our banks and financial institutions are fully capitalize and incredibly strong. our unemployment is at a historic low. this vast economic prosperity gives us flexibility, reserves, and resources to handle any threat that comes our way. this is not a financial crisis. this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world. however, to provide extra support for american workers, families, and businesses, tonight i'm announcing the following additional actions. i'm instructing the small business administration to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus. effective immediately, they will begin providing economic loans in affected states and territories. these low-interest loans will help small businesses overcome temporary economic disruptions caused by the virus.
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to this end, i'm asking congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion. using emergency authority, i will be instructing the treasury department to defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted. this action will provide more than $200 billion of additional liquidity to the economy. i'm calling on congress to provide americans with immediate payroll tax relief. hopefully, they will consider this very strongly. we are at a critical time in the fight against the virus. we made a life-saving move with early action on china. now we must take the same action with europe. we will not delay. i will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the american people.
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i will always put the well-being of america first. if we are vigilant and we can reduce the chance of infection, which we will, we will significantly impede the transmission of the virus. the virus will not have a chance against us. no nation is more prepared or more resilient than the united states. we have the best economy, the most advanced health care, and the most talented doctors and resources anywhere in the world. we are all in this together. we must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unified together as one nation and one family. as history has proven time and time again, americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity. our future remains brighter than anyone can imagine. acting with compassionate love, we will heal the sick, care for
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those in need, help our fellow citizens, and emerge from this challenge stronger and more unified than ever before. god bless you and god bless america. thank you. >> follow the federal response to the coronavirus at c-span.org /coronavirus. anytimehe latest events at c-span.org. c-span.org/coronavirus. c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up thursday morning, we discussed the latest on coronavirus and the u.s. response as the house is expected to vote on an economic stimulus package as a response to the outbreak.
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